Insurance Journal » Minnesota http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Legislative Auditor to Review Minnesota’s Health Insurance Exchange http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/11/326088.htm Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:51:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=326088 Minnesota’s legislative auditor said he plans to conduct a thorough, independent review of the troubled launch of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange. “The evaluation will be a comprehensive, in-depth evaluation of many issues related to the development of the website but …

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All Target Data Breach Cases to Be Heard in Minnesota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/04/04/325482.htm Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:20:15 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=325482 The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered that the many lawsuits that accuse Target Corp. of failing to protect customers from a data breach will be consolidated in the retailer’s home state Minnesota. The order brings together 33 lawsuits …

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Winter Storm Leads to 1,000 Crashes, 2,300 Spinouts in Minnesota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/26/321587.htm Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:30:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321587 State troopers last weekend responded to nearly 1,000 crashes across Minnesota, plus another 2,300 vehicles that spun out or ran off the road. Driving conditions remained difficult early Saturday afternoon. Road crews were out in force, but the combination of …

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Barnes to Lead Personal Insurance Unit at Wells Fargo Insurance in Minneapolis http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/21/321244.htm Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:21:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=321244 Wells Fargo Insurance, part of Wells Fargo & Co., named Stefani Tygar Barnes as head of its personal insurance segment in Minneapolis, Minn. Barnes will lead a team dedicated to providing auto, home, renters, life, health, and umbrella insurance products …

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Johnson Joins PCG Agencies in Minnesota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/13/320427.htm Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:11:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320427 Craig Johnson has joined St. Paul, Minn.-based PCG Agencies Inc. as a personal risk manager and insurance producer. Johnson has an extensive sales background. Founded in 1982, PCG Agencies is a personal property/casualty insurance and risk management firm headquartered in …

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Minnesota to BP: Insurance Money Plus State Funds Equals Double Dipping http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/12/320312.htm Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:44:21 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320312 Minnesota is suing British Petroleum for $25 million, alleging the company double dipped when it sought state funds on top of insurance payments to clean up contamination from leaking petroleum storage tanks. The Department of Commerce and Minnesota’s Petrofund Board …

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Ventura: ‘American Sniper’ Lawsuit Aimed at Insurer, not Widow http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/12/320308.htm Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:39:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=320308 Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura contends he isn’t going after the widow of slain “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle by continuing his defamation lawsuit, but rather the publisher’s insurance company. “It’s not me against her,” Ventura said in an interview …

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Home Insurer Universal P&C to Enter Indiana, Minnesota, Delaware http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/06/319754.htm Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:40:56 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319754 Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Co. (UPCIC), headquartered in Florida, has applied to expand into Indiana, Minnesota and Delaware. UPCIC is one of the leading writers of homeowners insurance in Florida and a fully licensed operator in North Carolina, South …

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Munich Re Opening New Office in Minnesota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/02/06/319743.htm Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:24:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=319743 Global reinsurer, Munich Re, announced it is expanding its presence in the U.S. health reinsurance business with the opening of a new regional office in Minnetonka, Minn. The company said this decision was taken to seize opportunities arising from the …

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All Risks Ltd. Acquires Minnesota-Based Stonebridge Underwriters http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/01/03/315959.htm Fri, 03 Jan 2014 06:56:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315959 Independent insurance wholesaler, All Risks Ltd. announced it has acquired Stonebridge Underwriters, a national general agency and program administrator, based in St. Paul, Minn. Stonebridge Underwriters offers a variety of competitively priced, multi-line programs that were developed to support underserved …

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Safety Improvements On Tap In Minnesota Highway Plan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/27/315550.htm Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:51:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315550 One of the priorities of Minnesota’s highway plan for the next two decades calls for investing in safety-related road improvements. The Department of Transportation recently wrapped up a 20-year state highway investment plan, according to the West Central Tribune. The …

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Amid Criticism, Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Chief Resigns http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/19/315010.htm Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:02:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=315010 The chief of Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace resigned Dec. 17 after facing criticism over the troubled rollout and a questionably timed international vacation. April Todd-Malmlov submitted her resignation during an emergency closed session of the government board of MNsure, Minnesota’s …

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Family of Minnesota Man Who Died in Workplace Fall Sues http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/12/09/313430.htm Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:21:41 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=313430 The family of a worker who died in a fall at a grain facility in Buffalo Lake, Minn., has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Andrew Burnett, 28, of New Ulm, died Oct. 27, 2012, when he fell about 60 feet …

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Safenet Commercial Insurance Agency Welcomes Geisler as Senior VP http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/20/311786.htm Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:38:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=311786 Kristin Taylor Geisler has joined St. Paul, Minn.-based Safenet Commercial Insurance Agency as a senior vice president. Geisler has many years of experience in different fields including financial services, insurance and risk management. Her expertise in diverse industries will provide …

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AssuredPartners Acquires Lee F. Murphy in Minnesota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/11/310827.htm Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:14:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310827 AssuredPartners Inc. through its subsidiary AssuredPartners of Minnesota has acquired the Lee F. Murphy Inc. insurance firm based in St. Paul, Minn. As part of the acquisition, 50 Lee F. Murphy employees will join AssuredPartners of Minnesota. Local operations are …

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Minnesota History Village now Center of Flood Fight http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/06/310525.htm Wed, 06 Nov 2013 17:10:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310525 A Minnesota philanthropist has been fighting to preserve a historical village after county officials learned the buildings sit in a flood plain and could jeopardize residents’ ability to get federally subsidized insurance. The village owned by 75-year-old Jack McGowan includes …

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Ag States Group Changes Name to CHS Insurance Services http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/05/310349.htm Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:34:45 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310349 CHS Insurance Services LLC is the new name for agribusiness insurance broker Ag States Group, which provides a full line of property/casualty insurance, surety bond products, group benefits, loss control and on-site safety programs, and employer services. CHS Insurance remains …

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Minnesota Roads Breaking Down Faster than Expected http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/11/04/310208.htm Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:14:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310208 Minnesota road surfaces that were supposed to last for 30 years are beginning to crumble in half that time, raising concerns that cities could have to spend millions of dollars to fix deteriorating streets. The state made changes in blacktop …

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Minnesota’s Allina Health Notifies 3K Patients of Privacy Breach http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/10/28/309450.htm Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:38:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=309450 Allina Health in Minnesota is notifying thousands of patients that a medical assistant at its Inver Grove Heights clinic viewed their medical records without authorization. The Minneapolis-based hospital and clinic system is notifying 3,800 patients of the privacy breach by …

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Fatal Deer-Vehicle Crashes on Pace to Set Record in Minnesota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/10/04/307271.htm Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:14:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=307271 Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding motorists and motorcyclists to be especially cautious of deer in coming months, as they are breeding and more active this time of year. DPS says seven people have been killed in deer-motorcycle accidents …

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MNsure Employee in Security Breach Terminated http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/09/26/306405.htm Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:06:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=306405 The employee of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange who released private data on about 1,600 insurance agents no longer works for the state. Minnesota Management and Budget provided the information on Sept. 24 to The Associated Press. Previously, officials said the …

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September Tornado Spotted In Far Northern Minnesota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/09/13/305097.htm Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:58:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=305097 A September tornado has been spotted in far northern Minnesota. The National Weather Service says a trained spotter reported the tornado two miles northwest of Williams in Lake of the Woods County before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Lake of the Woods …

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More Minnesota Farms Relying On Irrigation http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/09/10/304700.htm Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:27:20 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=304700 Alan Peterson is among a growing number of Minnesota farmers are relying on irrigation to ensure they can produce a crop when the weather turns dry. His 18 irrigators don’t reach all parts of his fields near Clear Lake in …

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Minnesota’s LeClair Group Launches New Identity, Services http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/09/06/304292.htm Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:36:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=304292 Margaret LeClair, CEO of St. Paul, Minn.-based LeClair Insurance, announced the company is changing its name to LeClair Group, and bringing a new package of services to market in connection with the roll-out of federal health care reform. LeClair Group …

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Midwest, Plains Economy Should Keep Growing http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/09/04/303927.htm Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:19:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=303927 A new survey of business leaders suggests the economy will continue growing in nine Midwest and Plains states through the rest of 2013 but at a slower pace than earlier this year. The survey’s overall economic index rose to 53.8 …

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Minnesota Man Loses License for Slow Driving http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/08/23/302725.htm Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:20:27 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=302725 The Minnesota Court of Appeals won’t return the driver’s license of a man who lost it for driving too slowly on state highways. Fifty-nine-year-old Gary Constans says he doesn’t understand why authorities have a problem with his driving. He says …

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Red River Diversion Opponents Sue Army Corps http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/08/21/302454.htm Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:25:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=302454 Opponents of a planned project to divert the Red River around Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn., have sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in federal court. The lawsuit filed by opponents south of the metro area accuses diversion leaders …

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Judge: Fraud Convict’s Wife Can’t Get Policy Money http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/08/07/301044.htm Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:52:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=301044 The wife of a man convicted of bilking millions of dollars out of people in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and elsewhere in an investment fraud scheme cannot collect proceeds from his insurance policy, a federal judge ruled. Verlin Swartzendruber, …

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Officials Fan Out For Minnesota Disaster Aid Briefings http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/08/06/300885.htm Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:33:22 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=300885 State and federal officials are fanning out this week across 18 Minnesota counties for briefings with local leaders about available aid to recover from severe storms in late June. The contingent from Minnesota’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management …

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Traffic Deaths Continue to Rise in Minnesota http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2013/08/01/300395.htm Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:38:35 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=300395 The number of people killed on Minnesota roadways is on the rise again. State officials say there have been 204 deaths already this year. And, if the current pace continues, it the number could surpass the 395 fatalities in 2012. …

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